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Marco Mourns Loss of Dick Shanahan


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island lost one of its most respected citizens late Thursday afternoon with the passing of Richard “Dick” Shanahan when he lost his battle with a disease that he had committed so much time and effort to beating. During the last several years Shanahan and his wife Debra have chaired the Imagination Ball of the American ... Read More »

City Council Election: Monica L Pierce


As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

Countdown to Election Day — Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Stevie Prettyman


As Election Day draws near, fewer than 40 days away, I would urge everyone to take a close look at our candidates for our Marco Island City Council. On Tuesday, November 8th residents will have the opportunity to send a strong signal to the current leaders of Marco Island about the need for change. This election year affords us the privilege of ... Read More »

Public/Private Partnership: Amadeo Petricca


At last night’s forum (Thursday, 09/29/2016) held at the Rose Hall Museum Auditorium, there was a discussion concerning the City finally being involved in a Public/Private Partnership with businesses on Marco Island. The first Public/Private Partnership in the City began in 2013, whereby the City allowed the businesses abutting Herb Savage Way alley to develop the swales for additional parking. ... Read More »

City Council Election: Kristina Pruyn


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

City Council Election: Adam Urban


It seems disingenuous for Amadeo Petricca to claim to be for taxpayers when he refused to vote for the roll-back millage rate the last two years. The roll-back rate would have kept tax revenue constant. Instead, Amadeo Petricca voted to raise collected ad valorem tax revenue for FY2016 and FY2017 by approximately 2.3 million dollars! He also claims to be ... Read More »

A Classy Class Reunion Walt Reynolds Comes Home

Swarthmore High School’s 60th reunion - The author, lower right, the sole Floridian in the bunch, was the only one wearing shorts. He was the unanimous choice for “best legs.”

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn There are still some of us in Goodland who still travel back to a receding past, to enjoy the company of old friends and classmates at a high school reunion. I will never forget my last trip back. On a balmy September 17, 2016, a Saturday, Swarthmore High School’s Class of 1956 (or what was ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

Trust Your Instruments

“We can chart our future
clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.” ~ Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965,
American Politician

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Should I be worried about the problems with Deutsche Bank? Answer: That’s a question many in our industry have been asking. The answer is “it depends.” The markets had just settled down after the post-Brexit rally and now Deutsche Bank is reviving some of that volatility. Much of the concern over the bank’s future ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades A Brief History of Pioneers and Early Environmentalists


Submitted Local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous Brief History books but adds much more as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental ... Read More »

What Does $500K Buy on Marco?

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Marco Island condo list prices last week ranged from $118,000 for a Seabreeze West studio to $9.9 million for a grand penthouse at the Belize. The median list price of the 346 condos for sale last week on Marco Island was just under $500,000. What does $500,000 buy? That depends on what you ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White Comes to Sunshine Books

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Submitted “Seduced” by Randy Wayne White will be released by Penguin Randomhouse on Tuesday, October 18. On Friday, October 21 at 3 PM, Randy will be at Sunshine Booksellers South store. He’ll be talking about his new book, telling a few stories and autographing copies for his many fans. Due to the fact that our event is three days after ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?


Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

From left: Philippe Cousteau, Capt. Tom Williams, Les Bowen (owner of the two cannons), and Ashlan Cousteau.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... Read More »

How to Find a (Really) Cute Chiropractor


By Barry Gwinn Goodland residents are known for their generosity in helping neighbors through rough times. In the past two years they have raised over $34,000 for neighbors in need. We have a system of getting in touch with each other when quick action is needed. As Goodland Civic Association (GCA) secretary, I maintain a list of the email addresses ... Read More »

Islanders Explore Everglades

Peggy and Charlie Carswell with Sharon and Bill Fiedlar.

Submitted Lecture goers spent an evening exploring the fragile Everglades environment not long ago. Their guide on this tour was Rachael Kangas, public archaeology coordinator with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. The lecture was just one in a series of monthly events sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and held at Rose History Auditorium. Read More »

Full Swing Skill Development, Part III Club Face Awareness

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To see Todd Elliott’s skill development video on club face awareness, go to https://youtu.
be/nw_PYeoQwE0, or search “Todd Elliott Club Face Awareness” on YouTube.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott As we continue our journey toward better golf, let’s review for a moment why the process of skill development provides an excellent pathway to fulfilling each golfer’s capabilities. The capabilities of a golfer — or athletic ceiling — as I call it, plays an important part in how good a golfer can be, and how ... Read More »